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Roller sleeves can hold a large amount of paint. Scrape the excess paint from the roller sleeve using a circular roller scraping tool before you wash it. This will save paint and make it much easier to clean.
Use a disposable paint liner in your roller tray. They are inexpensive and save time on cleaning up
Pouring paint directly from a 4 Litre container can be really messy. Use a paint pourer to prevent spills and eliminate paint from collecting in the lid lip. This will make it easier to reseal the 4L can and preserve the quality of any left over paint.
If you are waiting for the first coat to dry, wrap your brush and roller in glad wrap to prevent it from drying out. If you have finished for the day, wrap your brush and roller in glad wrap, place in a plastic bag and store in the fridge overnight.
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. Keep a damp sponge on hand to wipe up any mistakes or spills straight away.
Don’t allow brushes to soak in water, thinners or paint for extended periods of time as the brush will swell and lose its shape. The bristles will absorb the liquid which can then drip out of the ferrule (the metal strip that holds the bristles in place) when they are used.
Always use canvas drop cloths. Thin bed sheets won’t stop spills from seeping through to the floor. Plastic sheets are great for covering furniture but used as a drop sheet they are slippery, they don’t absorb the paint and the paint stays wet for a long time. Invariably the paint finds its way to the bottom of your shoes and gets walked through the house.